Music

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Fall 2021

Guy Davis: Routes of the Blues

Guy Davis with his guitar

Friday, October 15, 6:30 P.M.
Virtual Event
Tickets: $8 Individual; $15 Family Group (up to 5 people)
Link will be sent 2 hours prior to the show

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Join us with the whole family for a truly inspiring and joyous program of music and stories with Guy Davis, in his show Routes of the Blues. Acclaimed and GRAMMY nominated artist, Guy Davis, has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues”. His work as an actor (film, TV and Broadway), author and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. This show introduces the history of the Blues and demonstrates its different styles, rhythms and story themes.

Guy Davis Performance and Interview Video

Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7): Korean Shamanic Folk-Pop

ADG7 Posing for Photo

Saturday, November 13, 8:00 P.M.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Tickets $25 

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***All attendees must adhere to the NJCU Theater COVID-19 Protocols***

With one foot in the world of tradition and another in glitzy upbeat pop, Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) is a multi-award winning group featuring three powerhouse female folk singers and a rich repertoire inspired by Korea's sacred, shamanic ritual music (gut) and beloved folk songs (minyo) of Hwanghae Province in the northern reaches of the Peninsula. Their powerful performances engage and immerse like no other, presenting the spiritual blessings and positive energy of traditional music in a thoroughly modern and often comical style.

“The nine-member ensemble presents itself not as earnest traditionalists, but as a giddy show band with all the trappings of K-pop — choreographed singers, candy-colored costumes and bouncy, upbeat, often swinging songs that link the concision of folk tunes to the catchy repetition of pop, with brash cymbals for drive and flute and zither lines for instrumental hooks.”  (The New York Times)

ADG7 Performing

Sweeney Todd –The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd Musical banner announcement November 2021

Friday: November 12 & 19 at 8:00 P.M.
Saturday: November 13 & 20 at 8:00 P.M.
Sunday: November 14 & 21 at 3:00 P.M.

Location: West Side Theatre

General Admission: $25 | Students/Seniors: $10
MDT Students Free

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***All attendees must adhere to the NJCU Theater COVID-19 Protocols***

One of the most infamous and dark musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the lecherous judge who framed him, ravaged his young wife, and ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy, and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high watermark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.

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                Principal Cast

Sweeney Todd                                   Jordan Owens

Mrs. Lovett                                         Caylen Enriquez Montemayor

Anthony Hope                                   Damon Porter

Johanna                                              Jessica Garcia

Tobias Ragg                                        Justin Reed

Judge Turpin                                      Byron Flores, Jr.

The Beadle                                         Joshua Rosenthal

Beggar Woman                                 Emily Tunney

Adolfo Pirelli                                      Jason Concepcion

Jonas Fogg                                         Adam Halecki

 

                   Ensemble

Moses Garcia

Manuel Encarnacion

Qawiyya Haqq

Katie Harrigan

Jonathan Jarvis

Sarah Kay Russell

Kaileen Santiago

Ryanne Soriano

Gabby Stanowski

Olivia Ventura

 

                    Production Team

Director                                                             Marc G. Dalio

Musical Directors                                            Amy Duran and John DiPinto

Costume Designer                                           Deanna Smith

Scenic and Lighting Design                            Maruti Evans

Sound and Projection Design                        Paul Gargiulo

Technical Director                                           Duane McDevitt

Assistant to the Director                                Danette Sheppard-Vaughn

Production Stage Manager                            Emily Niemeyer

Assistant Stage Managers                              Linda Gomes

                                                                            Ivelisse Segovia

Social Media Officer                                        Simone Briscoe


Symphony of Winds and Percussion: REMEMBRANCE

Symphony of winds and percussion ensemble

Tuesday, November 23, 7:30 P.M.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Free with RSVP

***All attendees must adhere to the NJCU Theater COVID-19 Protocols***

REMEMBRANCE will feature William Grant Still’s rarely-heard To You, America!, the first piece ever commissioned by the US Military Academy Band by an African-American Composer. The program also includes works by Clifton Williams, Francis McBeth, Yukiko Nishimura, Thom Ritter George, Robert Hanson, George Gershwin, and Patrick Burns. Guest soloist: Jerry Bryant, trumpet.

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NJCU Winter Jazz Fest

NJCU Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, December 4 & Sunday, December 5
12 p.m. - 9 P.M.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Tickets: $25 Public, $15 Seniors, Students Free with NJCU ID 
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The NJCU Winter Jazz Fest brings you into an intimate world of call and response with tomorrow’s jazz legends.  The festival is headlined by multi-grammy award-winning jazz faculty who share the stage mano-a-mano with the most talented young artists in the region.

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NJCU Fall Choral Concert 

Choral Studies Students Singing

Sunday, December 12, 3:00 P.M.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Free with RSVP

***All attendees must adhere to the NJCU Theater COVID-19 Protocols***

A choral celebration featuring the NJCU Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Robert Prowse. Our first post-pandemic choral concert, there will be a variety of musical compositions by men and women from the past and the present. Come help us celebrate and share our humanity through music. 

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Spring 2022


Symphony of Winds and Percussion: VISIONARIES

Symphony of Winds and Percussion ensemble in rehearsal

Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 P.M.
Margaret Williams Theatre

***All attendees must adhere to the NJCU Theater COVID-19 Protocols***

Free with RSVP

VISIONARIES will feature works by composers whose compositional voices or inspiration was of particular significance either musically or historically. The program will include music by UlyssesKay, NancyGalbraith, Vincent Persichetti, Roger Zare, and much more.

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NJCU Spring Jazz Fest

NJCU Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 30 & Sunday May 1
Outdoors on Campus
Time: TBD

***All attendees must adhere to the NJCU Theater COVID-19 Protocols***

Tickets: $25 Public, $15 Seniors, Students Free with NJCU ID (online purchasing coming soon)

The NJCU Jazz Fest is like entering the hall of mirrors in a Carnaval-- you never know what is right around the corner.  You will experience the exotic, the traditional, and the cutting edge.

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In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies performance will be rescheduled.

Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies

Photograph of Svetlana

Date and Location: TBD
Tickets $30

Svetlana is “Astrud Gilberto via Moscow”, a Russian-born critically acclaimed American jazz vocalist. Her new record and concert program, Night at the Movies is Svetlana’s love affair with movies, and dreaming. The concert adapts Oscar-winning Songs from 1930s to today, taking listeners on a carnival of sound, from sultry introspective torch jazz vocals to a rowdy New Orleans inspired dance party.

Carrying over all the romance, passion and beautiful familiar melodies, while discovering unexpected gems and adding a new twist and high energy – the band is fronted by Svetlana’s captivating vocals and stage presence. Listeners will find themselves nodding along to familiar tunes - while also being thrilled by the twists, turns, and unexpected improvisational aspects of Svetlana’s exciting virtuoso band of young jazz lions. The show is accompanied by projected moving images inspired by the movies from which the songs are drawn.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot” – NY Music Daily
“Exceptional vocalist” – Wall Street Journal “Once in A Lifetime Voice” – Aquarian Weekly

Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies

Past Events

Music Director and Conductor: Dick Lowenthal Celebrating Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and Nat King Cole

Photograph of Wynton Marsalis playing trumpet

Friday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.
Harborside Atrium
210 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

In partnership with the City of Jersey City and the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Hudson County Office of Culture and Tourism, and the Exchange Place Alliance, this outdoor concert has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in the community, drawing a huge crowd to the spectacular waterfront venue.

Free and open to the public!

 

Rodney Marsalis and band standing for group photo

Thursday, February 20, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Saturday, February 22, 8:00 p.m
Margaret Williams Theatre

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. They perform music ranging from the streets of New Orleans to Baroque to pop. This show presents a look at music styles from many cultures including a Mardi Gras Celebration

This engagement of Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass Performance
Film poster for a time remembered
 
Joel Zelnik - Piano
Brian Glassman - Bass
David Cox - Drums
 
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Ingalls Recital Hall
 
This screening of the documentary, "Time Remembered", about the late/great jazz pianist Bill Evans, is hosted by pianist and NJCU Alumnus Joel Zelnik '69 and his trio. They will perform a pre-screening concert featuring music of Bill Evans.
 
Bill Evans (1929-1980) was one of the most important and influential pianists and composers in the history of jazz. From the early 1950s, when he first found work as a sideman, through the dozens of albums he released as a leader, his impact has been incalculable-Evans fundamentally altered the sound of piano trio jazz forever.
Joel Zelnik Trio performing

 

Charlotte Blake Alston holder her instrument

Thursday, February 13, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)


Grades K-5, and story lovers of all ages.

Enjoy a morning of storytelling and song with Charlotte Blake Alston, an internationally recognized artist who breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are enhanced with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere and the 21-stringed kora. A featured artist on Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert Series since 1996, Charlotte is a recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award from the National Association of Black Storytellers.

 

Charlotte Blake Alston telling a story.
NJSO Chamber players
NJSO Chamber Player talking with students

Saturday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $20, Children under 17: $12

 

Audiences of all ages will thrill to the adventures of a mischievous boy, hungry wolf, grumpy grandpa and collection of animal characters in Peter and the Wolf at this New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players family concert. In his famous musical fairytale, Prokofiev cleverly matches each character to an instrument and a musical theme so listeners can imagine the exciting tale as it unfolds.

This special arrangement of Prokofiev’s classic tale features the instruments of the woodwind family, combining the same great imagery with a focus on the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn.

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Photograph of Tim Farrell

Saturday, September 21, 8:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business, Skyline Room 200
Hudson Street, Jersey City
Tickets: $25

**Workshop at 4:00 p.m. with Tim. Admission included with your ticket to the evening show. Must RSVP to Boxoffice@njcu.edu to confirm spot  in workshop.**

With so many guitarists trying to make
their mark these days, it’s not easy being a “trailblazer.” Yet, that perfectly defines Tim Farrell. His fingerstyle playing and original compositions display an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Farrell is a rare kind of musician who can entertain an audience and inspire future generations of players.

Fingerstyle Guitar Basics Workshop:
Tim Farrell will walk students through the basic elements of fingerstyle guitar playing. He will present and illustrate the foundations and concepts of the fingerstyle approach to guitar. Students will learn ways to make the their playing more musical and more enjoyable. Advanced techniques may be discussed per the skill levels of attendees. 
Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Tim Farrell
Guy Davis with his guitar

Free Livestream
Friday, October 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a truly inspiring and joyous afternoon of music with Guy Davis, only for NJCU Students, Faculty and Staff. Acclaimed artist, Guy Davis, has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues”. His work as an actor (film, TV and Broadway), author and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted.”  

NJSO Bollywood Performers

Saturday, Oct 24, 7:00 P.M.
Please note registration closes at 5:00pm day of event
Virtual event

Join the NJSO Chamber Players for a virtual musical journey inspired by Bollywood, the Indian Hindi-language film industry. Explore historical influences on the growth of Bollywood and hear insights into signature music and lyrics of the genre. Listen for themes from the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire! This interactive virtual event will include a Q&A with NJSO

Debashish Bhattacharya ans his slide guitar

Saturday, November 7, 8:00 P.M.
Virtual event
and live Q&A

Free with RSVP

Please join us for a virtual event featuring DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA, a born guitar wizard and today's legend of slide guitar. He is a global inspiration in the contemporary musical scenario of India and world. 

Debashish Bhattacharya and his slide guitar
Gina Chavez in red dress holding string instrument

Saturday, November 14

4:00 pm - Workshop
8:00 p.m - Concert


Virtual events
Free with RSVP

Please join us for a songwriting workshop and concert featuring Gina Chavez. 

Chavez's bilingual songs blend the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A multiethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine time Austin Music Award winner -- including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR's All Things Considered, and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015. 

Gina Chavez singing and playing guitar
Baron Ryan at Piano

Virtual Event
Saturday, April 24, 8:00 P.M.

Free with RSVP

Join us for a livestreamed concert with pianist Barron Ryan, from the Margaret Williams Theatre. Smithsonian Magazine recently named Barron "One of Ten Innovators to Watch in 2021". He has just released the funkiest, ‘countriest’, most calypso-y classical music album you’ve ever heard, on his third solo album, First of Its Kind.

As an undergraduate piano student Barron was known to perform jazz during recitals … against his piano professor’s wishes. When he’s not playing concerts around the world, he makes rap song videos featuring virtuoso kazoo playing. 

“I wanted to show audiences that all styles can get along,” Barron said. “So I used the influence of artists like James Brown, Elton John, and Sam Cooke to write classical music. It should feel familiar to modern listeners while including delightful surprises along the way."

Barron Ryan Playing Piano

The Honey Dewdrops

Honey Dewdrops Duo on stage performing

Concert - Virtual Event  
Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 P.M.

Join us for a live-streamed concert with The Honey Dewdrops, from the NJCU School of Business Skyline Room. Their latest album, Anyone Can See, is drenched in sonic roominess, each of the tracks stretching to fill the space, but with a warmth that allows the album to fit comfortably anywhere.  

"Acoustic, folky Americana rarely sounded finer. An uplifting listen!" - Mark Nenadic, Americana UK 

Songwriting Workshop:
Thursday, April 29, 11:10 A.M. - 12:50 P.M.

Virtual Event

This workshop with The Honey Dewdrops will focus on creativity and songwriting with an emphasis on lyric writing. We'll explore the importance of making songwriting a regular practice by addressing two modes of working: gathering and collecting ideas and inspiration from outside sources; and generating lyrics and musical ideas on your own. 
Honey Dewdrops Duo performing
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Man playing the saxophone with child

Sunday, June 20, 3 p.m.
Location: Margaret Williams Theatre
$15 - $20 per pod 
***Must be purchased in Advance. No sales at the door***

Seating Options:

  • 4-seat POD - $20 (6 pods available)
  • 3-seat POD - $15 (8 pods available)
  • ADA Accessible POD - $15 - seats 1-4 people (2 pods available)

In a playful and humorous manner, NJSO’s version of Kipling’s The Jungle Book—featuring a string ensemble—introduces young audiences to classical masterworks and to various styles of music.

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